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November 4, 2010 7:34:04 PM

I wasn't sure what screws I was supposed to use to secure my motherboard (they all came in one little baggie) and I used the some of the extras that are supposed to be used to secure the back plates in. Will this effect my motherboard at all? Or should I swap them out while I have the chance?

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a c 1097 V Motherboard
November 4, 2010 10:44:25 PM

If they fit, no problem!
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November 4, 2010 10:45:04 PM

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November 4, 2010 10:45:12 PM

Okay, thanks!
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November 5, 2010 5:47:36 AM

Make sure there snug fit well and use all backplates and brass rizers for your motherboard to ensure no shorts or grounding problems good luck.
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November 5, 2010 7:11:41 AM

Doom3klr said:
Make sure there snug fit well and use all backplates and brass rizers for your motherboard to ensure no shorts or grounding problems good luck.
The fit snugly. The motherboard doesn't move around at all. And the Antec case I bought came with risers already set in it, with extra risers for whatever reason included.
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a c 207 V Motherboard
November 5, 2010 5:53:35 PM

MoBo screws typically identified by the upraised radial lines on the underside of the head. These match up with the little bump things ya see around the mounting holes and work to prevent unloosening.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
November 5, 2010 6:14:17 PM

^ DO NOT USE any that have 'ridges' under the screw head! -- SMOOTH ONLY.
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November 5, 2010 10:18:25 PM

Some times a screw will look like it fits in the mobo screw off but doesn't!

If that happens you would have to remove the motherboard so be careful while experimenting with different sizes.
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a c 1097 V Motherboard
November 5, 2010 10:35:36 PM

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a c 207 V Motherboard
November 6, 2010 12:21:34 AM

jaquith said:
^ DO NOT USE any that have 'ridges' under the screw head! -- SMOOTH ONLY.


Over the years, both 6-32 and M-3 threads have been used for MoBo standoffs. The 6-32 is a coarse thread and is also what is generally used to hold power supplies, expansion cards and case covers in place. Look at the gallery at bottom of page on the wiki link below and you'll see a close-up of a 6-32 screw with a hex cap / Phillips head.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_case_screws

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Each standoff has a "male" portion that screws into the case, and a "female" portion that receives a screw that has passed through a specially grounded pre-drilled hole in the motherboard. Standoffs that use strictly M3, strictly 6-32, or a combination (male portion 6-32, female portion M3) are all fairly common.


The problem is when someone .....

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6-32 screws will fit into holes threaded for M3 screws (the second most common type of screw in PCs), but this will damage the finer M3 threading. Also, when 6-32 screws are screwed into brass M3-threaded motherboard standoffs, the threads tend to become "locked", and the entire motherboard must be removed to separate them.


Built 3 PC's this week, starting another one in about an hour .... four sets of screws "in each box":

1. Thumbscrews, obviously not for MoBo (Top in photo) - 4 provided
2. Brass standoffs (2nd from top, left) - 10 provided
3. Hex head coarse 6-32 thread screws with very slight ridges on underside (3rd from top, right) - 10 provided and they fit standoffs
4. Component screws, fine M-3 thread, dome heads for optical drives DVD-ROM's (bottom) - 8 provided (one short if they are for MoBo) and these do NOT fit brass standoffs. Screws go in just 1 turns and then become "wedged"



In short, before ya start ya work, open the bag of screws and test hand tightening the screws into the standoffs. It's a sure bet that only one type will screw in to a depth that is appropriate for the MoBo. If it doesn't screw in easily with just light grip w/ 2 fingers, ya got the wrong screw.

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a c 716 V Motherboard
November 6, 2010 12:48:44 PM

Yeah, there's commonly 'dumb' ways too --- How many times have we seen shorted MOBO's from the 'commonly used' screws and standoffs?

In my builds I glue plastic washers to the standoff, use plastic washers in-between the screw | washer | MOBO and I'm very mindful of the I/O shield.

The 'ridged' screws cuts into the protective wafered MOBO and can cause shorts...

NEVER had a short yet!
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